YOU – THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS OWNER…
ARE YOU READY?
When was the last time you reflected on how you became a director of a construction company? How the business has a life of its own and the feeling of being powerless to quickly change direction continually creeps up on you. Whether you are just starting out, have worked the business up since coming off the tools or you’re a hired gun steering the ship of success it’s difficult to make strategic decisions that will have a major impact on the business. You’re not alone, Gartner Research has released multiple studies over the years showing on average, construction companies are 8 years behind other industries when adopting technology. Even in today’s digital world this statistic has held true for over 30 years.
Don’t be left behind by your competitors
The problem is – the inability to make a decision forces the business to continue to rely on the same systems it’s had for years. Meanwhile your competitors are busily building in technology efficiencies and forcing down operating costs. This is making your company less and less competitive by the month. By now most businesses have invested in an estimating system or at least had a friend who had a friend that borrowed a cost spread sheet from one of the large construction companies in the area. Maybe you’re still running on pencil and paper for your estimating needs, but more than likely you are running the business on accounting software. The tax man is hungry – every month or best case once a quarter tax reports need to be collated, so you’ve got that part handled. Your office administrator(s) tax reporting is in compliance so at least that’s not a problem.
The bad news is those basic forms of technology with a sprinkling of Microsoft Office or worse yet Gmail have not improved your company’s operational efficiencies. There is surely not enough time for Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to have any meaningful impact on your employees finding some whiz bang way of cutting administration time on their own.
There is some good news! Many of your construction colleagues are in the same situation you are. They have attempted to put technologies in place and have failed miserably. Plenty of time and money down the gurgler and no real impact on the bottom line. They either couldn’t get their employees to adopt the software or purchased the wrong software package or worse yet, do have a system in place but it’s only driven by one person in the office and they recently left.
Stop nodding and act!
If you are nodding your head then there is a fair chance you have experienced these challenges. The exciting news is you can do something about it and it costs much less time and money than you think. The Quest Team has decades of construction and technology knowledge available to support your questions and determine the best fit for your business. With the help of our friends at Viewpoint Construction Software, Microsoft and the SQL/.Net technology stack there’s never been a better time for small to mid-tier construction companies to invest in technology.
This means that going to the Cloud, running an on premise server or starting with a stand-alone machine are all viable options. Quest would be honoured to spend time with you towards understanding your business so you and your team can make an informed decision and pick the best deployment platform, construction software and Professional Services to ensure your technology investment works the first time.
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” – Edwards Deming.
Edwards Deming coined a great business quote used by many top business schools today. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” though these words were slightly taken out of context. Deming is regarded as having had more impact upon Japanese manufacturing and business development after World War II than any other individual not of Japanese heritage. His influence enabled Japan to go from ashes to the second most powerful economy in less than a decade.